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Myanmar accuses US of encouraging terrorist acts

Myanmar accused the US of pressing for a UN Security Council resolution against the country as a way of installing a new Govt.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2007 17:30 IST

Military-run Myanmar on Thursday accused the United States of plotting to install a puppet government in the country, after United States President George W Bush vowed to keep pressing it for reform.

The New Light of Myanmar newspaper, a government mouthpiece, accused the United States of pressing for a UN Security Council resolution against the country as a way of installing a new government.

China and Russia vetoed the resolution, but Bush said in his State of the Union address on Tuesday that Washington "will continue to speak out for the cause of freedom" in Myanmar.

"In pursuing the scheme, the US in 2006 put pressure on the United Nations Security Council to intervene in Myanmar issues, while destabilising tranquility and peace and stirring up mass protests and destructive acts in synchronization in Myanmar," the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said.

"The most powerful neocolonialist country, for self-interest, is now organizing and encouraging its cohorts and lackey groups and resorting to all possible means to install a puppet government in Myanmar that will dance to its tune," the paper said.

The paper also warned against possible terror attacks in Myanmar, after a letter bomb exploded last week at a Yangon post office, injuring a postal worker.

A group of exiled anti-government students, known as the Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors, claimed responsibility for the blast on its website.

"The people are therefore warned of possible dangers and urged to expose and report to the authorities concerned if they notice any suspicious acts," the paper said.

The group was behind an embassy hostage drama in Bangkok in 1999, when they stormed the Myanmar embassy and held staff for one day before fleeing to the border.

They also claimed responsibility for a hotel blast in Yangon in March 2005, and vowed further attacks unless prisoners of conscience were freed.

The United Nations estimates there are some 1,100 political prisoners in Myanmar, including Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for more than a decade.

First Published: Jan 25, 2007 17:30 IST